Boxing

Boxing

In a surprise move, Conor McGregor has reportedly signed on former 2 division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) as one of his sparring partners to help him prepare for his August 26 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Malignaggi, 36, recently stepped away from boxing in ending his 16-year pro career following an 8th round knockout loss to British domestic level fighter Sam Eggington on March 4.

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Trainer Nacho Beristain is picking Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to knockout Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in their fight on September 16. Beristain says that if Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) fights in the same manner that he recently did in his win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last month on May 6, then Golovkin will beat him, because he’s missing something from his game in the defensive side of his game.

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Former WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) will be fighting this Saturday night on July 1 against fringe contender Andriy Rudenko (31-2, 19 KOs) in a 12 round fight for the vacant WBO International title at the Luzhniki in Moscow, Russia. Rudenko is rated #11 WBO, #13 IBF. This is a big step down for Povetkin from his previous fight against Johann Duhaupas, who would likely make easy work of a small heavyweight like the 6-foot Rudenko.

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Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) says he’s the fattest he’s ever been before in his career. Fury, 28, figures he’s got 8 stones [112 pounds] to lose before he’s back at his old fighting weight. Fury he’ll be back inside the ring in September or October. He wants to fight heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who he refers to as a “weight-lifter.”

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Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) has a big fight if he’s interested in fighting 2-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs). The unbeaten Cuban talent has called out Lomachenko repeatedly in the last week asking initially for a fight at 126. That offer did not perk up interest by Lomachenko thus far. Rigondeaux has now offered to move up 2 weight classes to fight Lomachenko at 130. Rigondeaux says he’s still not hearing Lomachenko agree to the fight despite him being willing to fight in his weight class at super featherweight.

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Amir Khan didn’t like the way Kell Brook went out on one knee in his 11th round knockout loss to Errol Spence Jr. on May 27 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England. Khan feels that if he fights Brook, he’ll just quit against him just like he did in his fight with Spence. It’s difficult to imagine Brook quitting against Khan like he did with Spence, but you never know.

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